This turned out to be a bright and beautiful, 3D mini quilt.

3D Pinwheel Mini Quilt

When I placed the Mini Quilt next to my open window to click a snap, a few seasonal white flowers flew in through the open window to land on them. What a beautiful day! Overcast sky, hot tea, sweet smelling flowers from the apartment balcony and a completed Mini Quilt.

The 3D feel of the Pinwheels give the Mini-Quilt much needed character πŸ™‚ It also makes FMQ impossible and hence the ‘Stitch in the Ditch’ method for this one suits just fine. I like the look and feel of the quilt and that’s important as it is scheduled to travel across the seas to my #summerloveinvmqs partner. She likes bright colours πŸ™‚ so I cut into my favourite Alison Glass and made her this quilt. Hope she likes it…

The collage below is a summary of the process from fabric to mini-quilt πŸ™‚

3D Pinwheel Mini Quilt

A tutorial to the pinwheels is here πŸ™‚

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When I saw the Dizzy Daisy tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Company I leapt up with joy. It looked so beautiful and so easy, a perfect project far a spring break. This is also a time when my dad-in-law’s birthday is around the corner so it would make a good quilt for my in-laws.

Here are some work in progress snaps and tips as I go along!

Dizzy Daisy Quilt

Dizzy Daisy Quilt

A few tips:

Tip1: Be cognizant of the seams and nest them. I thought it was a good idea to iron them outwards in each petal, although I usually prefer ironing to the dark side.

Tip2: Be cognizant of the direction of the petal tips. See if you want all your flowers to go clockwise or all anti-clockwise or a mix of both.

Tip3. If you are not a beginner sewists and bordering on an intermediate, then you can just eyeball the 2.5″ squares and sew across the diagonal, it just saves a lot of time(Kausalya’s tip).

42 blocks ==> 42×4 petals with 3 squares each are 504 small squares.

Tip4. When you iron them after cutting the triangles out, iron them on the wrong side of the charm square. One press sets the stitches and the second press ensures that the block stays flat. Since the triangles are sewn on the bias, best to iron them from the rear so the blocks stay flat and do not wrinkle.

Hope the tips help you, especially members of the India Quilt Guild Group on Facebook that are doing the Quilt Along with me.

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This is the sixth week of the Garden Snail Quilt Snail Paced Slow-along Sew-along Gnomengel and thankfully I have been able to catch up. Next week, there is travel planned on my itinerary so there could be a break again. But so far so good…all 6 snails are ready in 6 rainbow colours!
One remains yet!

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Learning from 1&2: The grey is too light and the snail body doesn’t stand out against the white backdrop.

blue-snail

green-snail

Learning from 2&3: The grey is fine and stands out against the white background but the material is polyster. Firstly, its difficult to sew and then it shrinks under and iron!

yellow-snail

orange-snail

These are better but the wonky blocks need to improve.

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The quilt top is finally ready and I cant tell you how happy I am. Not just because its the next logical step in quilt making but because this is where all the 100 blocks come together which I together before Halloween last year along with the #100days100blocks quilt along gang on Instagram.

Tula Pink Sampler quilt

Tula Pink Sampler quilt

This quilt top is huge…its 90X90″ and I have no clue what to back it with and how to quilt it on a domestic sewing machine. Here it is lying in all its majesty on my sofa:)

As of now, I am just basking in the happiness of the Quit Top being ready.

This is a whole cloth quilt, the kind that has been rare across my quilting career. While I lot of people start with whole cloth quilts, I didnt. I always try to push my boundaries trying to see if I can an additional quilting element to the quilt: be it a quilt block or applique or something else!
To be frank, I didn’t have much expectation from this when I set out to make it.

Hello Kitty Quilt

Hello Kitty Quilt

However, it turned out to be a stunner. I haven’t been able to do justice to it in terms of photography. It looks so beautiful in real life that my house help refused to part with it after it was complete…she is of the opinion that we should keep it and let my ‘lil one use an extra quilt along with his own …ha ha ha

Hello Kitty Quilt 2

Hello Kitty Quilt 2

Here is a close up of how it all came together and then…

Hello Kitty Quilt

Hello Kitty Quilt

a bit of the straight line quilting πŸ™‚

Quilt Name: Hello Kitty Yellow-Purple Quilt
Thread: Calypso by Coats, a lovely shiny thread meant for machine sewing
Quilt Size: 44″ X 60″
Fabric: local Indian Hello Kitty print
Batting: 180 gsm cotton batting
Binding: 2.5″ double machine binding
Quilting : Straight Line Quilting

Now a different setting for the next 10 blocks…a white background!

I am not known for my patience but I am thoroughly enjoying the slow and measured pace of the project !

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Right at the time of its scheduled completion, I will be traveling so lets see how it goes πŸ™‚
keeping my fingers crossed…hoping the ombre’ quilt turns out fine!

The quilt blocks have been progressing well and I have been posting one on Instagram as per schedule everyday. Its good fun and exciting at the same time. Given that one has to maintain a schedule, ensure the blocks are completed and posted on time, brings in a bit of Quilty discipline which is otherwise missing in my life.

I am eager to get the quilt finished and see how it turns out!
10 blocks done beyond the halfway mark πŸ™‚

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All the blue fabric seems to come alive now…